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Month: February 2013

Combined Therapy is Effective for Patients with Refractory Bipolar Disorder in the Long-Term

According to a recent study published in European Psychiatry, a combined treatment, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psycho-education, and pharmacology results in greater long-term efficacy in patients with refractory bipolar disorder than standard pharmacological treatment. The current study is a 5-year follow-up to a previous trial which examined the differences in efficacy for patients (n=40) with treatment resistant bipolar disorder who were randomly assigned to an experimental group that used…
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CBT for Chronic Schizophrenia

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck describes his early work with treating chronic schizophrenia as quite "memorable." Dr. Beck's early work, which he documented in a paper published 1952, helped pave the way for treating schizophrenia with evidence-based CBT. CBT for schizophrenia is commonly practiced in the United Kingdom and gaining momentum in the United States. Beck Institute's next CBT for…
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CBT Reduces Tinnitus Severity

According to a recent study published in Hearing Research, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is effective in reducing tinnitus severity. Tinnitus is an auditory disorder that affects 5-15% of adults in industrialized nations. Though tinnitus has physical origins, it also has heavy emotional and cognitive components. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of CBT for patients suffering from tinnitus using a parallel group-controlled trial. Participants (n=286) consisted of patients who…
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CBT for Substance Abuse

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses his academic and clinical history in the treatment of substance abuse. He speaks of his early clinical trials involving cognitive therapy for substance abuse. Dr. Beck also references a recent book, Group Cognitive Therapy for Addictions, which he co-authored with Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., Bruce Liese, Ph.D., and Dara Friedman-Wheeler, Ph.D. For CBT resources, visit…
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CBT Shows Long-Term Efficacy in Treating Children and their Parents with Functional Abdominal Pain

A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine demonstrates that a brief cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention effectively treats, in the long-term, children with functional abdominal pain and improves parent’s responses to the child’s pain. This recent study investigates a randomized sample of children with functional abdominal pain (n=200) and their parents at a follow up occurring 12 months after the initial treatment. The experimental group…
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How To Achieve Mastery in CBT

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the process by which therapists develop confidence and achieve mastery in CBT. Dr. Beck explains that with training and experience, therapists begin to approach sessions confidently, with the skills they require to adapt CBT methods according to the client's individual case conceptualization. Dr. Beck also discusses the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale (CTRS), which is…
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